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Sociologist Larissa Fast Researches Humanitarian Security

Author: Joan Fallon

Categories: General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, Internationalism, and Faculty News

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Larissa Fast, assistant professor of sociology and conflict resolution at the University of Notre Dame, and her co-investigators from Johns Hopkins University and Save the Children, a grant for research that seeks to increase security for international relief and development agencies worldwide.

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Two Alumni Honored For Distinguished Service

Author: Angela Sienko

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Internationalism

The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association honored the achievements and service of two former College of Arts and Letters students this month. Capt. Wendy Sue Kosek received the Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award for distinguished military service. Victor Dukay was presented the Thomas A. Dooley Award for his outstanding service to humankind, specifically for his work with HIV/AIDS and improving the lives of orphaned children in Africa.

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Psychologist Darcia Narvaez Studies Parenting Practices

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Ever meet a kindergartener who seemed naturally compassionate and cared about others’ feelings? Who was cooperative and didn’t demand his own way? Chances are, his parents held, carried, and cuddled him a lot; he most likely was breastfed; he probably routinely slept with his parents; and he likely was encouraged to play outdoors with other children, according to new research findings Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia F. Narvaez.

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Psychology Grad Student Focuses on Cancer Survivors

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Categories: General News and Research

Cancer is an ominous disease in the modern world. When it strikes, we seek treatment, mourn its all-too frequent victims, and celebrate survivors. It is the survivors who are the research interest of Errol Philip, a fifth-year doctoral student in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology, now completing a yearlong internship program at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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Economist James Sullivan Says Official Poverty Numbers Misleading

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The official poverty report the U.S. Census Bureau releases this week is expected to show that the number of Americans defined as poor in 2009 increased by 2 to 3 percentage points—the largest year-to-year increase of the past 50 years. But those figures don’t tell the whole story, says University of Notre Dame economist James Sullivan.

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Senior Thesis Camp Set for Fall Break

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News and Research

College of Arts and Letters students taking on senior thesis projects this year can accelerate the research and writing process during fall break at Hesburgh Libraries’ first-ever Senior Thesis Camp. “We are excited about this initiative and the support it can offer to seniors writing theses,” says Susan Ohmer, assistant provost and interim director of the Hesburgh Libraries, and a member of the faculty of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.

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Historian Scott Appleby Addresses Islamic Backlash

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, Internationalism, Catholicism, and Faculty News

R. Scott Appleby, Notre Dame history professor and John M. Regan, Jr., Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, dispels misconceptions spread by people caught up in a wave of suspicion fueled by the mosque controversy in New York City, a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Qu’ran, and Muslims’ worries over the 9/11 anniversary coinciding with Ramadan celebrations.

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Sociology Alum Wins National Award

Author: Kate Cohorst

Categories: General News and Alumni

N. Eugene Walls, who received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, has won the New England Resource Center for Higher Education’s 2010 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.

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Lecture examines Kennedy speech on separation of church and state

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Catholicism

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s historic speech on the separation of church and state, the University of Notre Dame will present “Remind Me: Why Did Anyone Care if JFK was a Catholic?” on Sept. 10 (Friday) from 4 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Psychologist Joshua Diehl Explores Autism Treatment Options

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Notre Dame Assistant Psychology Professor Joshua Diehl is working to improve communication skills in children with autism, a diagnosis that impacts one out of every 100 children born in this country. “The signature characteristic for all children with autism is difficulty communicating,” Diehl says. “Many of the children desire to be social, but comprehension is a barrier for them. They don’t always understand social conventions or norms.”

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Student Play Explores Migrant Issues, Energizes London Community

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, Internationalism, and Arts

This past semester, students studying abroad at Notre Dame’s London Centre brought the mission of the University to life in a local school play that was far from the typical gymnasium fare. Led by Anton Juan, professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, the undergraduates helped bring to the stage the stories of migrant families as seen from the perspective of the children at Sacred Heart Primary School.

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Psychologist Jessica Payne Studies Sleep and Creativity

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Research from University of Notre Dame Assistant Psychology Professor Jessica Payne shows that too little sleep causes more than crankiness and tantrums in children: it also results in the inability to process new ideas and be creative. “If children are deprived of adequate sleep, their brains are not as able to make the kinds of connections necessary for learning new ideas,” says Payne, whose research focuses on sleep, memory, and creativity.

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Economist William Evans Finds ADHD Misdiagnosed

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

From the late 1980s to the early 2000s, the rate of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis soared 500 percent. Today, five to 10 percent of all U.S. children between the ages of six and 18 have been diagnosed with ADHD. But according to a recent study led by University of Notre Dame Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics William Evans, 1.1 million children may have been misdiagnosed.

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Notre Dame Hosts Top African American High School Students

Categories: General News, Alumni, and Catholicism

Forty of the nation’s best and brightest rising high school seniors converged on the University of Notre Dame campus recently for a week of intellectual engagement and a glimpse of academic and student life. Since 2000, Notre Dame’s Seminar for African American Scholars (SAAS) has exposed students to the vibrant intellectual life and Catholic character of the University.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Presents “Cymbeline”

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Categories: General News and Arts

The 11th season of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) continues through the end of August with a variety of performances on campus. As the professional theatre in residence at the University of Notre Dame, NDSF presents world-class productions on its Mainstage while fostering young actors through unique educational performance opportunities such as the Young Company and ShakeScenes programs.

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Notre Dame No. 1 Producer of CEOs at Top Financial Firms

Author: Shannon Chapla

Categories: General News and Alumni

The University of Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 on a list compiled by Bloomberg of undergraduate colleges attended by chief executive officers of the 100 largest U.S. financial firms. Notre Dame educated five of the top 100 CEOs, including James Rohr of PNC Financial Services Group and Debra Cafaro of Ventas Inc., one of only two women in the ranking. Other CEOs include James Flaherty, HCP; Paul Reilly, Raymond James Financial; and Terrence Cavanaugh, Erie Indemnity.

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Notre Dame Awarded Mellon Grant for Study on Influence of Religion

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, Catholicism, and Faculty News

Given the secular nature of many aspects of society, scholars often neglect the role that religion has played—and still plays—in the development of virtually every aspect of civilization. It is impossible to look at world history, politics, or culture without taking into consideration the impact religion has had over the centuries. Now, with a $657,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project called “Religion Across the Disciplines,” faculty and graduate students at Notre Dame, along with other leading scholars from around the world, will “examine and report on how religious knowledge can be integrated into the study and teaching of their academic disciplines.”

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Notre Dame to Host International Students for Fulbright Orientation

Author: Joanna Basile

Categories: General News, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

For the past five years, recent college graduates from around the world have traveled to Notre Dame as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. In mid August, the latest cohort will arrive—65 students from more than 25 countries around the world, who will convene on campus to prepare to live and teach their native languages to students across the United States.

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Economist Eric Sims Researches “Wait-and-See” Effect

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

New research from the University of Notre Dame casts doubt on a long-held belief in economics that business uncertainty leads to quick drops in economic activity. Published recently by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a study by Notre Dame economist Eric Sims and colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of Munich found no evidence that increases in uncertainty cause a wait-and-see effect, or slowing of economic activity.

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Mark Cummings Researches Children’s School Performance and Family “Type”

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

The way a family interacts can have more of an impact on a child’s predicted school success than reading, writing, or arithmetic, according to a University of Notre Dame study published recently in the Journal of Child Development. University of Notre Dame Professor of Psychology Mark Cummings and colleagues at the University of Rochester studied the relationship patterns of some 300 families with six year-olds over the course of three years and found distinct family-school connections. Specific family “types” emerged as predictors of school success.

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Researchers Receive Medical Technologies Grants for Indiana-based Initiatives

Author: Nina Welding

Categories: General News, Research, and Faculty News

Three University of Notre Dame faculty members—Basar Bilgicer, Bradley S. Gibson, and Paul Helquist—have been awarded grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) as part of the Collaboration in Translational Research Pilot Program. Another faculty member, Joshua Shrout, received a Young Investigator Basic Science award, and two graduate students—Apryle O’Farrell and James Clancy—have been awarded predoctoral fellowships by the organization.

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Connecting Social Research and Service

Author: Paige Risser

Categories: General News, Research, Centers and Institutes, and Internationalism

Like many good ideas, this one required some financial assistance to get off the ground… Maeve Raphelson ’10 and eight other Notre Dame students had been asked by friend and fellow senior Javier Soegaard to accompany him to Puerto Rico to work with some kids in a local school. Problem was, they couldn’t afford to make the trip. With financial support from the Margaret Eisch Endowment for Excellence in Sociology, Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry, and the Institute for Educational Initiatives, Raphelson, Soegaard, and the other students organized and led a two-day retreat with teens at the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in San Juan.

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A Study in Activist Sustainability

Author: Kevin Clarke

Categories: General News, Research, Catholicism, and Faculty News

Turning the pages of Assistant Professor Erika Summers-Effler’s new book, Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes: Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups, it won’t be long before readers notice they are not working their way through a typical sociology text. Summers-Effler’s lively storytelling veers off into three different directions at once, and it’s loaded with stories, comments, and vibrant details from real life that would be quite at home in a piece of narrative journalism.

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